PRITCHARD ON VERGE OF THE BRI­TISH TI­TLE

Es­cort man will be crowned if he fin­ishes Track­rod His­toric Cup

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

Ja­son Pritchard and Phil Clarke only need to fin­ish this week­end’s Track­rod His­toric Cup to re­tain the Min­tex MSA Bri­tish His­toric Rally Cham­pi­onship.

Af­ter three non-fin­ishes in a row mid-sea­son, Pritchard stormed back into con­tention with a per­fect dou­ble on the Isle of Man and is now in con­trol head­ing for the fi­nale in the York­shire forests.

If Pritchard fails to fin­ish, Paul Bar­rett will take the ti­tle, but the North­ern Ir­ish­man has elected to miss the Track­rod as he has lit­tle chance of im­prov­ing his over­all score.

“It’s all to play for now,” said Pritchard. “We’ve got to fin­ish the Track­rod and that is eas­ier said than done. We’ve got to keep our heads and go at a pace that is com­fort­able and not re­peat last year.” A year ago, with the ti­tle se­cure, Pritchard rolled out of the Track­rod when caught out by bumps on the ap­proach to the wood yard in Dalby.

“It’s all about Ja­son fin­ish­ing,” said Bar­rett. “I can’t beat him un­less he doesn’t fin­ish the rally, but when there is no pres­sure, that’s when mis­takes can hap­pen. So it’s not over just yet.”

Bar­rett con­firmed that sav­ing the cost of en­ter­ing the event will be a boost for his 2017 cam­paign when he plans to con­test the BHRC with a fresh Es­cort Mk2 and BDG power for the first time, rather than the Pinto en­gine used this sea­son.

With class and cat­e­gory points, as well as bonus start points, Pritchard and Clarke will be cham­pi­ons sim­ply by fin­ish­ing the rally.

Pritchard rolled out of last year’s Track­rod

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